Liverpool flop Iago Aspas has hit out at Brendan Rodgers and the club following his loan move to Sevilla, accusing them of not affording him enough game time.
Despite having moved from Celta Vigo for around £9 million in 2013 Aspas the Spanish forward became redundant at Liverpool, and only managed to make 15 appearances over the course of his solitary season in English football.
It quickly became apparent that Aspas was going to struggle in the Premier League due to both the physicality and tempo of the division, and the excellent form of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge did little to aid his claim to be given a run in the starting XI.
Consequently the 27-year-old was forced to seek a move back to his homeland, in the form of Sevilla, where he will remain on loan until at least the end of the season, with his new club having the option to turn it into a permanent three year deal.
And, though Aspas will most certainly now be gifted the first-team football he is craving, that hasn’t stopped him calling out Liverpool, even claiming that being a perennial substitute could have ‘killed him’.
According to the Daily Express, he said: “Last year, it was hard for me to get minutes and this year I was patiently waiting to get my first minutes.
"I like playing football, I live for and with football and if I don't play I almost die."
Though Suarez may have been sold to Barcelona, and so the competition for a place up top in Rodgers’s system was reduced, the Northern Irishman moved quickly to replace him, and former Manchester City star Mario Balotelli is currently leading the line in the absence of the injured Sturridge. That, coupled with the additional arrival of Rickie Lambert from Southampton has left Rodgers with a bountiful selection from which to choose.
Such purchases mean that Aspas’s time at Anfield has surely reach a significantly premature end. Though doubts were initially raised over his suitability for England’s top flight Liverpool would have been hoping to get a reasonable return from him. Instead the diminutive striker only bagged one goal during his time on Merseyside, and even that came in the cup.
However Rodgers isn’t likely to be casting his thoughts to players he can do nothing with, and instead will be focusing on how to go about masterminding the continuation of the sort of form which saw them finish second last term.
They were pipped on the last day by Manchester City and so came oh so close to clinching their first Premier League title since the competition inception.